An Echo in the Bone Hardcover – Sep 22 2009
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Praise for An Echo in the Bone:
"A grand adventure written across a canvas that probes the heart, weighs the soul and measures the human spirit across ten generations"
Praise for Diana Gabaldon:
“Riveting. Gabaldon has a true storyteller’s voice.”
— The Globe and Mail
About the Author
Diana Gabaldon is The New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author of the wildly popular Outlander novels — Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, and A Breath of Snow and Ashes — as well as the bestselling series featuring Lord John Grey, a character she introduced in Voyager and one work of non-fiction, The Outlandish Companion. Winner of a 2006 Quill Award for A Breath of Snow and Ashes, Gabaldon lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.See all Product Description
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All in all, I am very disappointed and feel let down at the quality of this book. There are also typos such as the description of Jem and the chickens and Mrs. Bug where she is called Mrs. Baird. Not a big deal but annoying when reading.
For the first time with respect to a Gabaldon book, I would say that it was not worth the money to buy it nor worth the time it took to read (and re-read) it. I feel terrible in saying this.
For the first time ever, I had trouble "getting into" the novel. I felt like too much time was being spent on new characters - John Grey (not a new character by any means, but a minor one in the past novels) was given chapter after chapter of story line, most of which referred back to his own spinoff book which I didn't read because I don't really care about him that much. Characters were mentioned that I couldn't possibly make the connections between, having only read the Outlander series. The result of this was much re-reading, trying to spin the web of connections and make out the proper relationships from the past. Like the French spy who comes looking for Fergus for what reason? Fergus is the illegitimate son of who now??
The Jaime and Claire story took a backseat for the first time. The plot was more about John and his son William (Jamie's son actually, but you know what I mean) and their past. I feel like Gabaldon spent more time developing a way to introduce some famous players into the book than she did developing the original storyline. The story of Roger and Bree in the future was nicely worked in, but was constantly interrupted by descriptions of war and random appearances by Ben Franklin and Benedict Arnold. I realize that she was trying to be accurate in her plot lines, but honestly, I'm not reading it for the accurate historical value. I don't need that many details.
The last few chapters of the book were shockingly different in pace.Read more ›
You'll find new friends among the old from the previous books (and a couple of very surprising returns), although IMHO there are waaaaay too many new friends as well as waaaay too much of Lord John and characters from his books. I'm not that fond of Lord John as a major character and that's why I didn't read the books to begin with and consider it dirty pool to muck up Jamie and Claire's story with Lord John's, particularly that little plot twist at the end. Eww ewww ewww ewww e[...] Diana, how could you?
In the end, I'm wondering if I've changed as a reader, or has Gabaldon changed and/or got a bit sloppy? I've heard many complain about her going on in too much detail in the other books but I was so enraptured with them I wouldn't have wanted to have seen one word edited out.Read more ›
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I have just finished reading this book and I absolutely loved it. I am a huge fan of this book series and this book did not disappoint.Published 19 hours ago by Chantale F
The cover was damaged could have bought it in a store for the same qualityPublished 4 days ago by Kristopher
Difficult to put down. Enjoyed every page and marvel at the authors ability to create such an interesting and intriguing tale.Published 1 month ago by Joyce allen
I cannot get enough of these stories. The only books I've read more than once... And I've read them 5+ times.
Diana Gabaldon books are phenomenal. This book came brand new, along with my other order A Breath of Snow and Ashes.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
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